New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday hoisted Blue Flag at eight places across the country including Puri beach in Odisha.
The Union Minister flagged off the programme over virtual mode, announcing Blue Flag tag formally to the Golden Beach. Odisha’s Tourism and Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi unfurled the flag at the beach.
Besides Puri, seven other beaches in the country have also been granted the distinguished eco-tag.
The Union Minister also shared this on his Twitter handle. He wrote:
“Hoisted the International #BlueFlag at 8 beaches virtually. It is a proud moment for India that all the 8 beaches which were showcased have been awarded the coveted blue flag. I compliment and congratulate the State Governments, officials and people for this feat. We have identified 100 beaches in the next phase and plan to make them neat and clean. With people’s participation we wish to make them of international standards in coming 3-4 years,” said Javadekar.
Hoisted the International #BlueFlag at 8 beaches virtually. It is a proud moment for India that all the 8 beaches which were showcased have been awarded the coveted blue flag. I compliment and congratulate the State Governments, officials and people for this feat.@moefcc pic.twitter.com/xKXRjbKt2N
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) December 28, 2020
India has become the first country in the world to receive the Blue Flag Certification for 8 beaches in a single attempt.
Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by “Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark” based on 33 stringent criteria.
National level campaign integrated with the BEAMS (Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services) program for continuous awareness and education of people for “Blue Flag” certification journey.
The objective of BEAMS program is to abate pollution in coastal waters, promote sustainable development of beach facilities, protect & conserve coastal ecosystems & natural resources, and seriously challenge local authorities & stakeholders to strive and maintain high standards of cleanliness, hygiene & safety for beachgoers in accordance with coastal environment & regulations. This program promotes beach recreation in absolute harmony with nature and is unique in that sense.